Travel to western Canada for both tourist and mainline steam locomotive action – including a riding of the Alberta Prairie Railway from Stettler to Big Valley in Alberta. Located roughly between Calgary and Edmonton the Alberta Prairie Railway is one of Canada’s premier steam tourist operations. Train power is steam locomotive 2-8-0 #41, which was previously Mississippian 77, and before that was built for the Frisco Railroad. (You’ll even so some historical footage with the engine still numbered 77.)
This is mostly a train ride, as we see the sights and sounds aboard the train as it heads to Big Valley. We see on-board entertainment with a singer, and a couple doing show tunes, and of course we enjoy the rolling scenery as we travel along. We also see some views from the vestibule of 41 working along ahead of us, and the train is stopped by ‘robbers’ along the way! After this we board the cab of 41 for the final short distance into the well maintained depot at Big Valley. On the same trip to Alberta we shot Canadian National #6060. 6060 was heading east on the former CP line from Stettler to Coronation (this line is gone now). Our coverage includes some nice pacing views we shot from the highway along side 6060, which is a 4-8-2 and the largest active steam engine in Canada. Then we see some servicing views of 6060 at Coronation before ending our steam coverage. There are no runbys.
Most of this video is the train ride on 41(about 25 minutes) with 10 more minutes of CN 6060. Widescreen. Bonus footage: 28 minutes of Alberta wildlife.